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Exercising Our Discipleship
Exercising Our Discipleship Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 1/10/17 In the United Methodist Church, ordination requires an undergraduate degree and a Master of Divinity.  Each ministry candidate has to be endorsed by a local church and then certified by an annual conference. After multiple interviews with various committees, dozens of essays, background and credit checks,...
God Bearer
God Bearer Sermon by Rev. Brain Combs, 12/13/17 400 years ago, after King James refused to reform the Church, English Puritans sailed for the new world.  When they landed in Massachusetts, their mission was clear: purify all that was wrong with Roman Catholicism, indoctrinate the colonies and evangelize their version of Christianity.  Centuries later, the...
Turn Around
Turn Around Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 12/6/17 Church attendance is down across all mainline denominations.  A few Sundays, in particular, are the worst.  Super Bowl Sunday is usually a bust, the game more captivating than the Gospel.  Same for stewardship Sunday, giving Jesus your heart is apparently much easier than handing him your wallet....
The Apocalypse of Today
The Apocalypse of Today Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 11/29/17 Matthew is by far the most caustic Gospel. The author’s language is cutting, his tone is strident, his message often menacing. Towards the end of his account, he gives voice to a Jesus who condemns the rich man, curses the fig tree, throws out the...
Grateful Response
Grateful Response Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 11/15/17 By the 17th chapter of Luke’s Gospel, the disciples have figured out that having faith in Jesus means following in strange and surprising ways.  Abandon the flock of 99 found sheep for the reckless pursuit of the one lost lamb.  Despite squandering his inheritance and bringing shame...
The God Hustle
The God Hustle Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs 11/8/17 If it is true that we all project onto Jesus our own sensibilities, then, in the South, Jesus drinks sweet tea, watches college football on Saturdays, wears a seersucker suit before Labor Day, and says “yes ma’am.”  Below the Mason-Dixon line, being polite is our most...
We Got Your Back
We Got Your Back The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-10) Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 11/1/17   The Zealots said it’s time to stop complaining and fight for our freedom from Rome. The Sadducees compromised with Roman officials, trying their best to muddle through and avoid conflict. The Pharisees proclaimed that all that really mattered was to...
What Makes the Samaritan Good?
What Makes the Samaritan Good? Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 10/18/17   Countless clinics, hospitals, foundations, scholarships, agencies, thrift stores, and even a law, bear the name of Jesus’ most famous teaching.  But because of its ubiquitous popularity, the Good Samaritan has lost much of its nuance, surprise, and power.  While the weight of the...
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